If you have been arrested for a ‘high crime’ you must be given a trial and if found guilty the mandatory sentence is perma-death execution. This is true whether someone claims themselves innocent or admits their crime. If someone turns themselves in or admits/pleads guilty to a high crime a trial must take place and if they are admitting their crime they should be found guilty of said crime and given the mandatory sentence of execution.
If, after arrest or voluntary surrender, the sheriff wishes to have you tried immediately he must inform you of such within the initial 10 minutes of your arrival at the jail. If you know a lawyer or citizen of good standing within the town in which you’ve been arrested, who you’d like to defend you, you should give the sheriff this information immediately so he can try to find them as well as any witnesses (max of 2 for both sides) you would like to call to speak on your behalf. If the lawyer or witnesses cannot be found you will be given no less than 2 real time days to find representation before a hearing. If you are unable to find a lawyer to represent you you may elect for someone within good standing in the town to speak on your behalf, or you may represent yourself. The date and time of said hearing must be agreed on by both yourself and the arresting sheriff. If after discussion no suitable hearing day/time can be agreed upon it will default to the time of your arrest 2 days forth. County Court trials should be posted in the IC Announcements Discord channel to avoid double bookings. When posting a trial notice you should include: the name of the defendant, the name of arresting sheriff or deputy, the name of the JotP who will be trying the criminal and the crime(s) the defendant is accused of, as well as the date & time of the trial.
Immediately arranged trials can be held in any suitable unlocked public building such as the saloon or town hall, except the jail building. In other words, you must actually be moved from one building to another, and the building you’re moved to for trial must be publicly accessible. You must be given the opportunity to have representation (whether that is a lawyer or a citizen of good standing you elect) and both sides may call no more than 2 witnesses.
If a trial is set for a future date this should be held at the County Courthouse at Juniper. The sheriff in charge of your custody will have the responsibility of ensuring your safe arrival at trial, he may post deputies to follow you about your business or watch your place of abode to ensure you do not try to run. It is your responsibility to ensure your representation and witnesses are at the courthouse for your hearing, if you desire them. The case will be heard whether you or your representation turn up or not, with a judgement made in absentia if necessary. If the arresting sheriff does not turn up at the court hearing you will have all charges against you dropped and will be a free person.
Any judge or justice of the peace can try criminals, the only restriction is they cannot be the named justice of the peace of the same town as the arresting sheriff. The sheriff is responsible for finding an available judge or justice of the peace for trial.
If you are found guilty of a high crime in absentia, in other words, you don’t turn up for your trial, your conviction will be recorded in the County Court records and if you are then arrested at a later date a sheriff may carry out this execution as if you had just had your trial (i.e. offer you a last visitation and give you at least a 45 minute, but no more than 60 minute, window before execution commences). This will still be counted as a permadeath execution and you will need to reroll.